Opportunities will emerge in the water sector as the industry changes from its current public ownership model to a more market based approach.
The Water Sector In Ireland
Opportunities will emerge in the water sector as the industry changes from its current public
ownership model to a more market based approach. Also key will be the future introduction of
water metering and related services.
Unlike the UK model Ireland’s water infrastructure is primarily the responsibility of individual
Most domestic users in Ireland do not currently pay domestic charges for their water. However,
this is about to change. A system of water metering is being introduced and the installation of
meters is to start in 2012. Irish Water a subsidiary of Bord Gáis (Irish Gas Board) is to take over
the operation of local authority water services on a phased basis, starting in 2015.
There may be future opportunities within this area to provide products and services as Ireland
undergoes fundamental changes in the way the system is managed. Opportunities may also arise
with the introduction of new products such as domestic meters.
The industry has received €371m in exchequer funding this year (2012). In addition to the sector
requires €600m in capital expenditure
Latest export opportunities in the Environment and Water
Latest export opportunities in Ireland
Getting into the market
British companies wishing to enter and/or develop their business in the Irish market are advised
to undertake as much market research and planning as possible. There are few barriers to entry
with the same language, similar legal and regulatory structures as well as numerous cultural and
UKTI’s team in Ireland, with its wide local knowledge and sector experience, can provide a
range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in the Irish market.
This includes, but is not limited to:
ξ Provision of market information;
ξ Validated lists of agents/distributors/other Contacts as required;
ξ Key market players or potential customers in the Irish market;
ξ Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you;
ξ Arranging appointments; and
Organising seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the
More about doing business in Ireland
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
29 Merrion Road
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (1) 205 3753
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events in the Environment and Water sector
Resource Ireland 2012
Water, Waste and Recycling Exhibition
17-18 October 2012
The 8th Annual Environment Ireland Conference
13 September 2012Croke Park
International Symposium on Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems 10 -
11 September 2012Trinity College Dublin
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters